Our Board of Directors

Jamie Whittle – Chair

Jamie Whittle grew up in Findhorn and then at Altyre near Forres. He was a Morehead Scholar to the University of North Carolina where he gained a BA (Hons) in modern languages, before receiving an LLB in law at the University of Edinburgh and an MSc with distinction in human ecology at the Centre for Human Ecology/Open University. He is a partner of R & R Urquhart LLP Solicitors in Forres and is a part time lecturer in environmental law at the University of Edinburgh School of Law. He is passionate about the outdoors and conservation, and wrote a book about the River Findhorn entitled White River. In his spare time he runs the Cub Scout pack at Hopeman.

Alan Watson Featherstone – Director

Alan is the founder of Trees for Life and served as their Executive Director for a fruitful 31 years. Trees for Life are an award-winning conservation charity that has been working since 1989 to help restore the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland. The charity focuses on an area to the west of Loch Ness and Inverness, where it works in partnership with major landowners such as Forestry Commission Scotland, the RSPB and National Trust for Scotland, as well as on its own 10,000 acre Dundreggan Estate in Glen Moriston. Thousands of volunteers have taken part in the charity’s week-long volunteer programmes, sometimes having life-changing experiences, and the millionth tree of the project will be planted in 2012. Alan has given presentations about forest restoration at conferences and events in both the UK and many other countries, and has travelled widely to photograph endangered trees and threatened forests around the world. He is the founder of the Restore the Earth Project and is a trustee of the charities Wild things!! and the Earth Restoration Service, and was formerly also a trustee of the Findhorn Foundation. In 2001 he received the prestigious Schumacher Award for ‘his inspirational and practical work on conserving and restoring degraded ecosystems’.

Simon Martin – Director

Simon has been a board director of Wild Things since the charity began. As a marketing & communications professional for over 25 years he was worked with variety of organisations ranging from global corporations, sustainable businesses, charities and voluntary organisations. His current employment is with the ethical and sustainable bank, Triodos Bank, based in Bristol where he is responsible for marketing & communications strategy and campaigns. Simon has a keen interest in environmentally sustainable business practices as well as a love and respect for nature. When he’s not behind a screen he will be active outdoors, enjoying getting muddy, playing and appreciating the health and wellbeing benefits of our natural environment.

Anne Skene – Director

Anne Skene has enjoyed a full career as a teacher and manager of provision for children with Additional Support Needs. For 18 years she has run her own education business which provides consultancy, instruction and teacher training both in Scotland and internationally. She has a long history of involvement and holding office in a variety of community groups.   She has recently been a Moray Councillor for the Forres Ward with responsibility for chairing the Children and Young People’s Services Committee and is presently Chair of the Findhorn and Kinloss Community Council.   Recent directorships have been with The Princess Royal Trust Moray Carers, The Forres Area Community Trust and the Moray Art Centre. Currently, she is a Director of Universal Hall Promotions and Trustee of the Kinloss Abbey Trust. She is involved with building and developing a school centre in western Kenya.

Adele Napier – Director

Adele Napier grew up in Zimbabwe and South Africa and is passionate about the life-giving value of wild nature. After eight years in business and brand building at Procter & Gamble in South Africa, the UK and Switzerland, a desire to explore holistic approaches to life and work led her to learn, practice and teach in leading edge social, cultural and ecological education and experimentation with the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. She currently lives in Findhorn and runs a consultancy supporting leaders and organisations to access their living systems nature, and bring vitality, connectedness and new generative possibilities to the world.

Rupert Butler – Director

Since training as a Chartered Accountant in the late 1990s, Rupert has worked as a business and accounting advisor to many commercial and charitable enterprises – initially as an employee, then as a partner in a London-based private equity firm and subsequently as an independent consultant for UK-based SMEs. During all this time, Rupert has been actively involved in charitable work both as a volunteer and as an advisor.

Rupert is the founder/director of a practical skills training company and an educational social enterprise; and as a Trustee of Wild Things, can bring his professional skills and experience together with his passion for outdoor learning.

Katey Boal – Director

Katey has a background in Museums and Education. She has been working in Heritage for 20 years, starting in Historic houses in Western Canada and for the past 10 years has made the North of Scotland her home.

Katey has a strong understanding of operational management including budgets, planning, health and safety and team leadership. She has significant experience in designing educational experiences that create positive outcomes for the participants. Katey has a BA in Classical History from the University of Victoria in Canada as well as an MA in Museum and Gallery Education from the University of Leicester. 

Jennie Martin –  Founder of Wild Things

Jennie founded Wild Things in in 1998 whilst working at award winning reforestation charity Trees for Life. She was motivated by her wanting to share her love of the natural world with others, in particular those that struggle with having access to the wild and wonderful places on their doorstep due to lack of confidence, resources, or other social or environmental challenges.

Jennie has 24 years experience of developing, coordinating and delivering environmental education activities, trainings and conservation holidays for people of all ages and backgrounds. Her extensive knowledge of ethnobotany, outdoor education, wilderness living skills and ecology has enabled her to devise the wide range of activities offered by Wild things! Her particular interest in Ethnobotany has led her to running her own Facebook page called Floral Friday (https://www.facebook.com/JennieMartinEthnobotany/) for her most keen botanical students!

Jennie holds an MSc in Ethnobotany from Kent University and Kew Gardens, London, is a qualified Forest School Leader, a Bushcraft practitioner and has a Certificate in Biological Recording and Medical Herbalism.

Fieldwork Team

Paul Kendall – Fieldwork Manager

Paul has worked in nature conservation or environmental education with a national and several local charities since moving to North East Scotland in 1996.  He loves enthusing people about Nature both for their personal wellbeing and to help people understand and feel a part of Nature, so they can love and look after it.

With his two children having flown the nest he now has more time to indulge in longbow archery, seakayaking and walking the Highland hills and mountains.  Paul is a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Education.

Jack Farge – Fieldwork Instructor

Jack has worked in a range of conservation and environmental education roles across the UK and abroad. He holds an MSc in Conservation Science and Policy and has a keen interest in natural history. Jack is passionate about engaging people with nature and takes great pleasure from facilitating people’s enjoyment of the natural world.

Jack loves outdoor pursuits, with a particular enthusiasm for hill walking, climbing, fishing and surfing.

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Will Hall – Fieldwork Instructor

Will has an extensive knowledge of wildlife. He specialises in tracking and animal behaviour. 
When he’s not out teaching, Will spends his time photographing and filming wildlife. He holds a BSc in animal biology and conservation and has worked in a number of zoos and conservancies around the country. He’s a mountain leader, mountain bike instructor, and cadet force instructor. Before Wild Things! he worked as a sports instructor at a school in the south of England and so its unsurprising that  Will loves all things adventurous! Whether its scuba diving, ice climbing, running or just playing frisbee in the park, he’s always sure to get stuck in!

Freelance Activity Leaders:

Holly Santos Willmott

Holly worked and an employee for Wild Things for many years and now occasionally offers his services as one of our freelance team.  Holly is an accredited course trainer as well as being able to deliver a full range of our programmes. He loves being out in the wild and gets huge satisfaction for sharing and having fun in the outdoors with others.

Holly has a degree in Outdoor Education, is a Forest School Level 3 Practitioner and holds the NCFE Advanced Bushcraft Award.

Eleanor Foster

Eleanor has experience across a broad range of environments and roles ranging from the Peruvian Amazon to the jungles of Thailand and to the deciduous forests of South England, she has practiced and grown her considerable knowledge and skills all over the world.

Eleanor also brings a strong academic record of achievement within the environmental sciences, holding an MSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation, as well as a BSc in Geography.  She also has seven years experience in environmental education, plenty of hands-on fieldwork experience, excellent naturalist skills and a passion for the outdoors, sustainability and conservation.

Ruaraidh Milne

Ruaraidh has worked with Wild things! delivering Forest School, Coastal Classroom and bushcraft courses since 2006. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and an MSc in Conservation and Wildlife Biology.

When not working for Wild things Ruaraidh is also a practitioner of circus and trapeze skills!

Deirdre Ryan-Glass

Dee has been a Freelancer at Wild things! for many years. She has a background in education and care work and is a Forest School Level 3 practitioner.

Dee helps lead the Forest School, Coastal Classroom & holiday programmes for Wild Things.

Paulo Bessa

Paulo is an Ecologist and has been working in the field for many years. He has been working with Wild Things for the last 2 years.

Paulo loves to talk enthusiastically to people about nature and its species. He is a keen bird surveyor, and also with a strong interest in botany, upland habitats, and in mushrooms. He holds a PhD in molecular biology, and in his free time, Paulo loves to do hillwalking and be outdoors. 

Laura Henderson

Zoology graduate, with a PGCE in Applied Science. Laura has spent most of her career working with young people and apprentices in outdoor education. She loves getting out and about on the water or walks with the dogs! 

Office Staff

Luke Strachan – Chief Executive Officer

Luke has a life time of spending time outdoors, a passion for caring for the environment and the welfare of people. Through his work at Reach Volunteering in London he has gained a breadth of experience in the third sector from governance, organisational operations, recruitment, finance, sales & marketing, campaigning, fundraising, change management, business development, training as well as public speaking and stake-holder engagement.

Elspeth Nawrocki – Office Manager

Elspeth is an experienced administrator and office manager.  She has a background in computing and office management and holds a BSc in Computing for the Internet and Multimedia. 

When not working at Wild Things!  Elspeth loves to walk, garden and spend time outdoors.

Elizabeth Knock – Project Manager

Elizabeth joined Wild Things in September 2018 as a part time Administrator, however she soon found her niche and is now our Project Manager for the Silver Saplings Wild and Well project.  

Elizabeth holds a Degree in Business Management.  In her spare time she volunteers for the local youth rugby club and loves spending time outdoors practicing her photography.

Tony Dunbar – Finance Officer

Tony joined the team in June 2019 in the position of the part-time Finance Officer.  For the last 25 years, Tony has been working in accounts and payroll roles and during that time spent 20 years as a volunteer Treasurer with a local Citizens Advice Bureau. 


Tony has recently completed his AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting and is continuing his studies in 2021 for the Professional Diploma in Accounting.  During his spare time, he is an avid flight simulator enthusiast and can be found “virtually” flying around the world!

Adam Rochester – Fundraiser Officer

Adam joined the team in October 2019 as part-time Fundraiser Officer. He has been fascinated by wildlife from an early age and grew up close to Epping Forest. This provided a spectacular arena to develop his passion for woodland management which has now become a lifelong passion.   He holds a BSc degree in Biology and MSc in Environmental Conservation and his professional career has spanned 20 years in the Environment Conservation sector. In that time, he has worked in a variety of roles including reserve and project management, landowner liaison, conservation, community and education. In his career, fundraising has been a core focus to deliver conservation projects.

Yne Hogetoorn – Receptionist

Yne joined Wild Things! in March 2022. She loves reading about Scotland and novels set in Scotland (especially the Scottish Crime Writing) and is always exploring new places and discovering Scotland’s wild side. Originally born and educated in the Netherlands (M.A. English Language and Literature), she also lived and worked in Germany for around 20 years. She moved to Scotland 3 years ago after she met and fell in love with a Highlander and Scotland of course! She has all round experience as a teacher, tour guide and after having worked for several SYHA Hostels all over Scotland, Yne is now very happy to have settled and joined the Wild Things! Team in Findhorn and learn more about nature.